Harriet Jacobs' Search for Home

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Harriet Jacobs' Search for Home

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Amy LewisFollow

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In her autobiographical narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), Harriet Jacobs describes her enslavement in Edenton, North Carolina, her escape from slavery, and her life as a fugitive slave in the North. At the end of her book, Jacobs writes: "The dream of my life is not yet realized. I do not sit with my children in a home of my own. I still long for a hearthstone of my own, however humble" (Jacobs/Yellin 259). Throughout her narrative, Jacobs makes it clear that she could only find a home when she was free from enslavement, but even after she escaped to the North, Jacobs faced many obstacles in her search for a place where she could live with her two children. This map traces Jacobs' search for a home, both while she was enslaved and after her enslavement.

Publication Date

2017

Keywords

Harriet Jacobs, slavery, fugitive slave, antebellum

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Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | United States History | Women's History | Women's Studies

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This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International. All noncommercial users are welcome to copy, share, and adapt the work with proper attribution.

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